Introducing Acer Aspire 5 A515-55-35SE with the 10th Generation of Intel Dual-Core i3-1005G1 CPU.
Are you trying to find an affordable laptop to do homeschooling or a home office for simple computing works?
And you don’t want an expensive laptop with those power features? Well, not everyone who works from home will need those premium expensive laptops.
A lot of people just need a laptop that can get the job done without paying extra hundreds of bucks. Basic computing needs and streaming movies do not need a superpower laptop. Tablets and mobile phones can even perform those tasks these days!
But you will probably want to have a bigger screen device, a 15.6-inch laptop like this one. If that is the case, this 10th Gen i3 notebook from Acer may be worth considering.
Quick Look at A515-55-35SE
This i3 Acer Aspire 5 model comes in a silver color, which will remind you of the thousands-worth Apple laptops. It’s a thin-designed notebook and has primarily plastics unibody and Aluminum for the top cover.
The laptop’s cover does look clean and nice with its aluminum brushed finish. There is also a simple “Acer” logo in the middle of its cover. For a 15.6-inch laptop category, this silver laptop is pretty lightweight. It weighs only 3.97 lbs or 1.8 Kg, not even 2 Kg. Due to its compact form factor and design, you can also open the lid by using only one hand.
The Full-HD IPS panel, SSD storage, and the 10th Gen Intel CPU are the plus features of this laptop. Furthermore, the Fingerprint reader on its trackpad and backlit keyboard are two nice additional features. You don’t see these features often on a laptop at this price point.
Will this Acer Aspire 5 A515-55-35SE still be good for your daily needs and a little bit more? We are going to find it out today on this review.
|Acer Aspire 5 A515-55-35SE, 15.6" Full HD Display, 10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1 Processor, 4GB DDR4, 128GB NVMe SSD, Intel WiFi 6 AX201, Backlit KB, Fingerprint Reader, Windows 10 Home (S Mode)
|1.20 – 3.40 GHz Intel i3-1005G1 (10th Generation)[View the benchmark]
|A 15.6″ ComfyView IPS LED-backlight Matte Display with 1920×1080 Full-HD resolution.
|Intel UHD Graphics G1
|4GB DDR4 SDRAM (Upgradable)
|128GB PCIe SSD (Upgradable)
|1x HDMI, 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, 1x RJ-45 Ethernet port
|Webcam, 2x Stereo speakers, built-in Microphone, Backlit keyboard, Wi-Fi 6, Fingerprint reader
|Strength & Weakness
Sick of Windows 10 S Mode?
The Operating System of this A515-55-35SE Acer Aspire 5 slim laptop is Windows 10 Home in S Mode. The S Mode will not allow you to install other Windows programs if they are not from Windows Store. Windows S mode is Windows’s security mode. But some do not want it.
So if you are one of them, you can switch it to the Windows 10 Home. The step is easy, just go to your Windows Store, and you will be able to convert the S mode to Windows 10 Home in a few seconds. Read the full guide here.
Full-HD IPS Matte Screen
The Acer Aspire 5 A515-55-35SE comes with a 15.6-inch IPS screen (Matte) and has the best resolution, which is a Full-HD 1080p resolution.
This means, viewing the screen from a different angle won’t be an issue. And being a matte screen, it won’t have that glare or reflection effect to avoid eye strain when you work with your laptop all day.
Being an IPS screen, the graphic’s quality is crisp and clear and can produce vibrant colors. These are perfectly paneled on a thin-bezel panel frame.
For those who are searching for an 11-inch laptop, we recommend this VivoBook model.
If you like to use your computer in the dark, you will love the keyboard of this notebook as they are illuminated (backlit). Moreover, the keys are chicklet and have a tactile feel, so typing on this laptop’s keyboard is a pleasant experience.
Although the number keys are somewhat narrow, Acer has been generous to include them and you will get used to it with time. Newly purchased laptops always need a little time to get used to them, so the Numpad of this unit is not a game-changer in any way.
There is a fingerprint reader that you can use to access your desktop without typing your password if needed. This said you can still choose to type your password or use a PIN to log in to your computer, it is all up to you. I just prefer to use the Fingerprint reader because it is fast and easy to use.
Fast Internet with Wi-Fi 6
Other than the Ethernet port, there is Wi-Fi 6 inside this laptop. This next generation of the wireless standard has better speed and performance, or faster when compared to the Wi-Fi 5. The Wi-Fi 6 was theoretically released in 2019 already, but the hardware that can support it was first produced last year (2020).
For the data transfer, you can potentially achieve 40% higher speed with this new generation of wireless in comparison to the Wi-Fi 5.
Furthermore, the Wi-Fi 6 is more secure and more efficient both in data encoding and power consumption, this A515-55-35SE laptop has it.
What about the performance?
All those features and a good look won’t matter if your laptop cannot perform its job. This Acer Aspire 5 A515-55-35SE is rocking the 10th Generation of Intel i3-1005G1 processor, and 4GB of an adequate memory chip. For the storage, it arrives with 128GB SSD storage.
It does not have the super specs in the world, but the SSD and the processor make this laptop snappy enough to work with for basic use.
Is Intel Core i3-1005G1 good?
The Intel Core i3-1005G1 CPU is the 10th Generation of Intel i3, one of the newest Intel dual-core i3 family (visit this page for the i5 model). The thin and lightweight laptop category often uses this chip. This processor was also made with a 10nm process and supports Hyperthreading for 4-Threads. It clocks at 1.20GHz and can boost up to a max 3.40GHz.
The comparison below shows that this CPU slightly outperforms the popular AMD’s Ryzen 5 3500U.
Furthermore, this processor is based on Ice-Lake U generation, so it is power efficient, which also means, it gives you more battery life than the power-hungry CPUs.
It is a capable CPU to do basic computing tasks and works for really light games like Minecraft, and even Roblox. Games that you can play on a tablet or mobile phone that has a less capable processor in them. For more demanding games, we recommend a special laptop that was built to game, for example, this Acer’s budget gaming laptop.
If you would like to have the newest model with the 11th Generation of Intel i7, opt for this one.
In terms of battery life, for a single full charge, this notebook can give you up to 7 hours of battery life for really basic computing tasks. But if you watch movies, and playing casual games online intensively, you will get shorter battery life.
It all depends on the programs you are running and screen brightness settings.
This laptop is a better version of the last model of the Acer Aspire 5 family that already was a great value. The SSD helps this notebook to perform fast, it boots and turns on quickly. The Wi-Fi 6, backlit keyboard, and Fingerprint sensor are great additions.
In short, if you are looking for a new 10th Gen Intel laptop for your basic computing needs, I’d choose this 15.6″ A515-55-35SE.